How to make tomato juice at home
Juices made from fresh vegetables are always good for the health and if you love tomatoes, let me teach you how to make tomato juice at home. Tomatoes come loaded with Vitamin A and C. Moreover, they are also excellent storehouses of antioxidants like Lycopene. So, if you want a healthy beverage for yourself and your family, making tomato juice at home is one of the best things you can do.
Pick fresh tomatoes
For making tomato juice, you must source the freshest of tomatoes. This way, not only will you get the full nutrient value in your juice but at the same time, get the best taste from it. Garden fresh tomatoes and fresh organic tomatoes are always the better bet. However, if you do not have these available easily, purchase fresh tomatoes from the store. And yes, also make sure they are perfectly ripe. The full red colored tomatoes will tell you they are completely ripe.
Things to collect
Before you move on with the making of your tomato juice, get a food mill in place. You will also need a non-reactive pot like an enamel bowl, a glass bowl or stainless steel container which will not react with the acidity of the vegetable.
Procedure for making tomato juice
Wash your ripe red tomatoes and core them. For coring the tomatoes, you need to dig the stem out of the vegetable. Then, quarter all the tomatoes. Now, place all the tomato pieces in the non reactive pot and add to it, a halved small red onion. Then, flavor it with a leafed celery rib. Next, cook the tomatoes covered for 30 minutes. Cook over medium flame and with occasional stirring. Pass the cooked tomatoes through the food mill and collect the filtered juice in a pot.
Season every four cups of the juice with a teaspoon of sugar, salt and pepper. Boil for five minutes and then chill in the refrigerator. Your homemade tomato juice can be stored in refrigerator for up to 3 days.
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